Making a Coffeemate Container Penguin

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December 16, 2015

finished penguinThis cute penguin starts with a Coffeemate container, some felt, and a hot glue gun. It is a great gift for a teacher or fellow workers.


Total Time: About an hour including time for painting

Yield: 1

Source: Original Pattern


  • 1 Coffee-Mate Creamer bottle
  • 1 red felt square
  • 1 yellow felt square
  • 1/3 yd black felt
  • 2 10mm wiggley eyes
  • 1 inch red pom-pom
  • 1 scissors
  • 1 hot glue sticks and glue gun
  • 1 white spray paint....must be compatible with plastic
  • 1 candy cane
Coffeemate Container Penguin
Coffeemate Container Penguin


Note: Use hot glue for all parts of construction.

  1. Remove label from a large Coffeemate container, and wash the container and red cap. Set cap aside, make sure the outside of the bottle is dry.
  2. Spray the "outside" of the bottle with several light coats, about 4 coats, of the spray paint, allowing to dry between coats. If you spray too heavily, the paint will run. Do not paint the inside if you plan to fill with candy inside. I filled mine with chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Follow the step by step pictures.
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  4. Cut the black tux jacket from the black felt. It is about 10 x 6 inches rounded on the corners. Also cut a bow tie from the black felt. I bought my felt in the fabric department because the felt squares are not big enough.
  5. Coffeemate Container Penguin
    Coffeemate Container Penguin
    Coffeemate Container Penguin
  6. For the scarf you will need a strip of red felt 1/2 inch wide and about 19 inches long. Snip the ends for a fringe.
  7. Wrap the scarf around the neck loosely and hook the end of the candy cane into the knot.
  8. The beak is a one inch square of yellow felt folded corner to corner to form a triangle, then glued in place.
  9. Follow the picture to make the feet. Fold the felt, and you can cut both feet out and leave them attached in the center as the picture shows.
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  11. Glue the eyes and the red pompom for the hat in place.
  12. A penguin made from a decorated Coffeemate container.
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